In the true sense of irony, I received notice of my increased mortgage payment in the same week as the latest PR postcard from the Olentangy school district. So my mortgage increased due to the latest levy and the district has the nerve to claim it's saving tax dollars. Saving? Come on now.
How about some truth in advertising. The district may claim to be saving tax dollars, but my tax bill rises all the same. If the district really wants to save tax dollars, it would reduce its operating millage and collect less tax dollars from hard-strapped taxpayers.
Yes, Ohio law allows taxing districts to reduce, by board resolution, the amount of millage collected. So the board only needs to take a vote in order to have the district's claim come true -- for next year, anyway.
Do I think that will happen? No. Why not? Simple. Those "saves" were reallocated to new expenditures even before the ink was dry -- expenditures which include the new superintendent salary and administrative raises and higher annuities, as well as the cost of the postcards themselves.
No money was saved. The proof is your increased mortgage payment.
By the way, I would have rather kept my portion of this latest PR campaign -- some $2 or so -- to spend or save as I see fit.